Recognise that an eating disorder is a mental illness.
Recognise that depression is a flaw in chemistry not a flaw in character.
Recognise that things effect different people in different ways, just because you don’t see something as a big deal, doesn’t mean it isn’t for someone else.
Recognise that just because something is happening in your mind and your thoughts that it doesn’t mean that it isn’t real.
Recognise that making jokes about mental illness is painful, you wouldn’t make a joke about someone who is diabetic or has heart problems would you? Mental illness is a disease.
Recognise that you cant fix or save anyone, you can only be there and be supportive.
Recognise that mental illness is not attention seeking behaviour.
Recognise that just because you don’t fit the profile in the DSM that your illness isn’t valid, mental illness comes in all forms.
Recognise that you are not alone and that even though it doesn’t feel that way, there is someone who understands and is willing to help.
Recognise that you are worthy of love.
Recognise that asking for help and admitting that you are not ok is not a sign of weakness.
Recognise that metal illness awareness is still on the rise and there are still many people who are ignorant and don’t take their words too personally no matter how hurtful they are.
Recognise that you are not your mental illness.